With City holding a 3-1 lead from the first leg, there's no reason to expect anything other than rich entertainment as United aim to overhaul a deficit and claim an unlikely place in the EFL Cup final in February.
🔮🔵 Predicted City XI
Key centre back Aymeric Laporte is just back from injury and Pep Guardiola might be cautious with him, considering his importance to the side and the upcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid with forms part of frenetic February schedule.
🧮 Bravo; Walker, Fernandinho, García, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, D. Silva; Bernardo, Agüero, Sterling
🔮🔴 Predicted United XI
The onus will be on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to go on the front foot to give themselves any chance of reducing the 3-1 first-leg deficit. Remember, the semifinal stage of the EFL Cup has no extra weight attached to away goals and there's no extra time in any of the knockout matches before the final.
With key man Marcus Rashford out, much of the goal-scoring burden will fall on Anthony Martial.
🧮 Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Williams; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Mata, James; Martial
Any two-goal win for United after 90 minutes would take this semifinal tie straight to a penalty shootout. For these reasons, it's a match not to be missed as the blue and red halves of Manchester collide once more.
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